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Accommodation Specials: Dream Stays, a New Spot in Paarl, and A Luxury Camping Site
Winter is a great time to finally book into that place you’ve always dreamed of staying in
Updated: 10 Sept 2018
Maybe you can finally get to stay in exquisite accommodation like Arabella and Grande Roche, Babylonstoren (all featured here). Or why not try out La Bella Vita, the bespoke new spot in Paarl, where you get to check out at 5pm on a Sunday. Ultra-luxury not a requirement for you? Then we also have a glamping site that operates in five locations and an upmarket backpackers.
READER SPECIAL: IDYLLIC COUNTRY ESCAPE
Massive en-suite rooms in a reconstructed 16th-century thatch barn and private balconies overlooking the Buffeljags River on this working dairy farm. Plus: a private SA Grand Prix trophy room tour and safari sunset picnics. Our readers get a further R500 off the already discounted winter rates at Rotterdam Guest Farm in Swellendam.
Available: Until 31 October 2018
Special Price: Two people stay for two nights at R2180 (normally R3740, discounted to R2660 plus: exclusive CapeTownMagazine.com reader discount of R500) and get a sunset safari picnic for free. Mention CapeTownMagazine.com when booking to qualify.
Olivedale Rd, Buffeljags River, Swellendam | +27 (0)79 200 9098 | email@example.com
WATCH: GLAMP SA’S TOP TRAVEL SPOTS FOR (ABOUT) HALF-PRICE
Boutique family camping like never before: Custom camps with WiFi, spacious living areas, separate bedrooms, private bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, electric blankets and wooden decks with outdoor braais overlooking unspoilt nature on privately owned farms and estates for R545pp sharing with AfriCamps boutique camping. Choose from 7 unique AfriCamps locations around SA.
Available: May to end September 2018
Special Price: R545pp per night sharing, compared to the normal peak season rate of R1045pp
Various locations. Shown here: AfriCamps at Ingwe | The Crags | Plettenberg Bay | +27 (0)63 170 4222 | firstname.lastname@example.org
OCEANFRONT IN SIMON'S TOWN
Nestled in Cape Town’s deep south you’ll find the aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel. Perfectly located on the water’s edge, the hotel offers breathtaking views over False Bay and the beautiful Simon’s Kloof Mountains. Appropriately styled with a nautical theme, the hotel makes guests feel as though they are far away from bustling city life. Check out aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel.
Price: Use the promo code: SPRING and get these rates: Mountain Room: Single: R1 230/Double: R1 390; Sea Room: Single: R1 430/Double: R 1 590; Balcony Room: Single: R1 730. Double: R1 890. Plus your stay includes breakfast.
Available from: 1 September–30 November 2018
St Georges St | Jubilee Square | Simon's Town | +27(0)21 786 3838 | email@example.com
UNIQUE & ROMANTIC WINELANDS GETAWAY WITH OYSTER & CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST
Imagine staying in a restored 18th century Cape Dutch manor (a national monument since 1993) on a still-working farm in the Cape Winelands in a secluded individual suite surrounded by landscaped garden spaces. Enjoy heated pools, the spa and on-site fine art gallery, and hike the nearby Paarl Mountain Reserve. Dine at the multiple Diners Club Diamond Award-winning restaurant, sampling bistro-style creations from free-range pork belly to nougat melktert parfaît. And it’s thanks to an incredible winter stay special that you can reward yourself with this getaway at the Grand Roche, the only five-star place in the Paarl Valley.
Winter accommodation special: From 1 April–31 October 2018, South African residents only can make use of the special for R1335 per person sharing (normally around R3000), which includes bed and breakfast (with oysters and champagne), a three-course dinner and a complimentary 375ml bottle of wine.
Grande Roche Hotel | 1 Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 21 863 5100 | firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE A PEACEFUL SLEEP IN THIS STELLENBOSCH PARADISE
When staying at Haskell Vineyards you can choose between two luxurious spaces – The Residence and the Cottage. Both have a rustic, vintage look about them and a unique feeling of being both elegant and homely. The Residence is a beautiful country house equipped with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, a TV room, DSTV, free Wi-Fi, laundry room, braai and fireplace. While The Cottage is a loft-style apartment with one bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom, free Wi-Fi, DSTV, air conditioning and a veranda.
Available from: 01 June–30 September 2018
Price: During the winter months, this self-catering accommodation will cost R2850 for the Residence per night, and R1500 for the Cottage per night, compared to the usual R3700 for the Residence and R2200 for the Cottage.
Annandale Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch | +27 21 881 3895 | email@example.com
ADVENTURE THROUGH THE GARDEN ROUTE ON THIS EPIC ROAD TRIP
From the Cango Caves to Monkeyland, experience the best of the Garden Route with this three-day tour that will take you to some of the most popular places in the Western and Eastern Cape. You will stay in accommodation like the Brenton-On-Sea cottages, beautiful self-catering lodges situated in Knysna. So take a trip down one of the most iconic routes in South Africa, with this great deal from Xplore Cape Town.
Price: R5500 p/p
Available from: 13 July–30 September 2018
Xplore Cape Town | 73 Loop Street | Cape Town | +27 21 487 1233 | firstname.lastname@example.org
20% LESS AT THIS CHIC GARDEN ROUTE HOTEL
Head to Knysna and check into aha The Rex Hotel, one of the town’s most chic hotels. You can expect an eclectic mix of elegance and classic comforts at this hotel that prides itself on superior service and comfort. Cosy up to an irresistible winter special at aha The Rex Hotel this winter.
Price: Use the promo code SPG01 to get 20% off the best available rate on a minimum two-night stay.
Available from: 1 September–31 October 2018
8 Gray Street | Knysna Central | Knysna | +27(0)44 302 5900 | email@example.com
SURF, SWIM AND SLEEP IN AT AFRICAN SOUL SURFER
African Soul Surfer is a bright Muizenberg-based backpackers lodge offering accommodation, surf lessons, yoga sessions and rental equipment. Read more about African Soul Surfers in our feature.
Price: Get 40% off and pay R400 a night for a seaview room.
Available from: June to August 2018
Surfers Corner | 13 York Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0)21 788 1771
INCREDIBLE CAPE TOWN HARBOUR VIEWS
Easy but delectable meals, iconic harbour views, a chic cocktail and sundowners bar, en-suite bathrooms with any sized room and ideally located within the CTICC precinct. An iconically Capetonion leisure or business accommodation experience (complete with canal cruiser that goes through the hotel property) awaits you at aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites.
Price: Winter special rooms range from R1311 to R1711 per night.
Available from: April to 31 August 2018 (Note: New September special coming soon).
Dockrail Road | Foreshore | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 431 9202 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A WATERSIDE STAY AT LE BONHEUR
Relax in the tranquillity and splendour of the Winelands at the farm-style waterfront apartments at Le Bonheur during their winter stay special. Besides breathtaking waterside views, each self-catering unit boasts access to the swimming pools, braai facilities, TVs with DSTV as well as an on-site restaurant. You’ll even be able to row out into their picturesque dam and enjoy a spot of complimentary fishing at this stunning hotel.
Available from: June to August
Price: Weekdays cost R680 per 2 persons sharing. Weekends days cost R860 per 2 persons. Families (2 adults and 2 kids from ages 2 - 12 years) cost R1090 on weekdays and R1380 over weekends.
Babylonstoren Road | Paarl | Western Cape | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 869 1142
GET A NIGHT FREE AT A GAME LODGE
Thali Thali Game Lodge on the West Coast is tranquil, comfortable and makes for an amazing family or group safari getaway. It’s also very affordable, which is what makes the 3-for-2 offer, where you sleep three nights but pay only for two nights, super special. While you’re there, do a game drive, and hopefully catch sight of kudu, oryx, and giraffe. Read more about Thali Thali in our feature.
Must try: The nature trail because Thali Thali is a fynbos reserve that borders the West Coast National Park.
Available from: 1 June–31 August 2018
Price: R675/p sharing per night. The offer excludes breakfast and activities, but game drives are priced affordably at R200 an adult and R150 for kids. The deal is applicable Sunday to Thursday.
Just off R27 across Langebaan entrance | Langebaan
ROMANCE, LIVE MUSIC AND TAPAS BY THE FIREPLACE
Located in a restored 19th-century Victorian building in Cape Town's vibey De Waterkant, The Grey Hotel is offering a discount on a two-night stay for two in a standard room, with cocktails or bubbly on arrival, complimentary tapas dinner and a bottle of the house wine to enjoy with live music in front of the fireplace at The Piano Bar. Plan your romantic weekend getaway or ultimate Cape Town adventure at The Grey Hotel.
Available from: From 1 June to 30 September 2018
Price: R2500 for a two-night stay for two, with cocktails or bubbly as well as a bottle of house wine and tapas dinner at The Piano Bar. Read more about this exciting winter getaway deal.
Book: Use the promo code CAPETOWNMAG to qualify when booking via phone: +27 (0)21 421 1106 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 421 1106 | email@example.com | thegreyhotel.co.za
DAY OF LUXURY AT 5-STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL
This one’s for the lovers. If you’re looking for a romantic break, Majeka House, the 5-star boutique hotel in Stellenbosch has a Winter Night Out at R1325/p sharing. It’s a night in their Premier Collection room (usual price R1290/p sharing); a four-course menu (priced at R420 per person without wine pairing), and a breakfast for two (comes with the room booking).
Or upgrade: To the Winter Escape, which includes all the above and a 60-minute spa treatment (for two guests) at the Majeka Spa – for R1845 per person sharing.
Price: Winter Night Out R1325/p sharing and Winter Escape R1845/p sharing.
Available from: 1 June–30 September 2018
26–32 Houtkapper Street | Paradyskloof | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 880 1549
THAT ONE STAY YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF
Sleep at Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch farm popular for its luxury accommodation and fine wine and food, for four nights and pay for three. Also take advantage of the spa specials that are valid from Monday to Thursday, where you can pay from R900/p for a combo treatment of facial, body scrub and back massage that usually costs more than R540/p per treatment).
Also on site: The enchanting tea garden. You can do a tour or mix your own concoction of healing herbs or a tea mixture, or visit the bakery and choose your own food experience.
Price: Starts at R5500/p for two guests
Available: 1 May–31 August 2018
R45 | Simondium (on the way to Franschhoek) | +27 (0)21 863 3852
STAY, PLAY OR SPA
African Pride Arabella Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection in Hermanus has a top golf course and world-renowned spa and hydro pools, so a stay in their opulent rooms and estate might seem impossible – especially during whale season. Arabella has created five packages that will make staying there not just desirable, but also possible. See the exclusive winter package deal.
Available from: The prices of the packages change all the time, based on bookings and availability.
Arabella Country Estate | R44 Kleinmond | Hermanus | firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE PIZZAS WITH YOUR ROOM
You get two free pizzas on Sunday night when you book any of the four Boschendal luxury cottages – Orchard, Clarence, Rhodes or Trout cottages. Make the most of your stay by trying out what this farm has got: Farm-to-table dining, hiking, mountain biking, wine tasting and cellar tours. There’s loads to do at this historic self-catering accommodation.
Price: Winter rates start at R1300 for a one-bed, one-bath, such as Orchard Cottage. Packages include bubbly on arrival and a complimentary bottle of wine.
Availability: 1 May–31 August 2018.
Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein | Franschhoek | +27 (021) 870- 4272
LONGER IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Sleep, glorious sleep – that is what’s often at the heart of a rejuvenating weekend getaway at La Bella Vita Studios in Paarl. At this luxe accommodation in Paarl with 10 bespoke en suite rooms, if you book two nights, (Friday and Saturday) you get to check out at 5pm on Sunday. Read more about luxurious accommodation on our feature on La Bella Vita Studios.
Price: R2360 per studio for two nights or more booked. Usually R2750 per unit.
We suggest: You use the extra hours for a half-day spa treatment at the adjacent recently refurbished Santé Wellness Retreat.
Available from: Ends September 2018
La Bella Vita Wine Estate | Simonsvlei Road | Paarl | +27 60 997 9081
WINE AND DINE AT A WINE ESTATE
When you book two consecutive nights at the serene and homely Under Oaks wine estate, you get a bottle of MCC and a cheese platter on arrival; a food and wine pairing for two; and a R250 meal voucher at their pizzeria. Most of the suites at this four-star accommodation have a private patio overlooking the farm dam or vineyards. It’s from this vantage point that you can savour their wines.
Must try: The Under Oaks food and wine pairing, which matches classic South African dishes with classic South African wines.
Available from: 1 September–31 August 2018
Price: From R720 to R995/p sharing
Northern Paarl | Paarl | +27(0)21 869 8535
RELISH GOOD FOOD
African Relish is a recreational cooking school and accommodation venue that has half-, full-day or weekend courses, which specialise in (but are not limited to) traditional Karoo cuisine. The winter special accommodation rates start at R500/p to R650/p per night. It costs R1500 each night for the self-catering unit that sleeps four. All of the cottages are equipped with panel heaters and fireplaces, read more about African Relish in our feature.
Available from: 1 June–31 August 2018. Accommodation is self-catering.
Price: It usually goes for R1000/p in the two people-sharing cottage and R1875 per unit for the four-sleeper cottage.
34 Church Street | Prince Albert | +27(0)23 541 1381
GLAMP ANYWHERE FOR (NEARLY) HALF THE PRICE
AfriCamps, the glamping specialist, has a fireplace and electric blankets and offers a winter special from R545/p per night (2 people). Each tent sleeps up to five people in two bedrooms. Take your pick of location – Robertson, Stanford, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay (does not include the new camp in Hazyview). AfriCamps makes for snug and stylish winter accommodation.
Availability: From May to September 2018
Price: R545 per person per night for two people sharing (compared to R795 per person per night in peak season).
Robertson, Stanford, Swellendam, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | email@example.com
HAVE A WILD WINTER AND SEE THE BIG 5
Whether you’re a couple, a family or travelling solo, now’s the perfect time to see the Big 5 with an exceptional safari winter special. Stay overnight at one of Cape Town's best-loved safari destinations for R1999 per standard lodge room. What’s even more amazing is that you’ll be able to enjoy this bucket list experience, only two hours from Cape Town at Aquila Private Game Reserve.
Available until: 31 July 2018
Price: There are five different specials running until 31 July, 2018.
R46 | South Street | Touws River | +27(0)21 430 726
Experience one of the most popular spots on the Garden Route in sophisticated luxury and home-feel comfort at aha The Rex Hotel. Also, check out luxuary at its finest at aha The Quayside Hotel. For accommodation with a bit of a difference, check out these cool and unusual places to stay in and around Cape Town.
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